b. 23 August 1945, Turin, Italy. This freckled, diminutive daughter of a Fiat factory mechanic shone in the Festa Degli Sconosciuti (‘Unknowns Festival’) organized in 1962 at Ariccia by freelance record producer Teddy Reno. Signed to RCA Records Italia, her first single, ‘La Partita Di Pallone’ (‘The Football Song’) sold a million. Her popularity was further strengthened with regular appearances on Studio 1, Italian television’s top variety showcase. After ‘Come To Non C’E’ Nessumo’ became the country’s bestselling single of 1963, she branched out with foreign language recordings, earning chart placings in Spain, South America, Japan, Germany - and Britain where BBC and ITV slots in autumn 1966 reactivated the three-year-old ‘Cuore’, a Barry Mann -Cynthia Weil melody with Italian lyrics. Translated as ‘Heart’, this Luiz Enriquez production (with an apt throbbing rhythm) jumped into the UK Top 30 over Christmas. It was also the apex of her career in terms of record sales but she continued to develop as an entertainer, even making slight headway in the USA with a spot on The Ed Sullivan Show, and making her US screen debut in 1966’s Rita The Mosquito.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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